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Ronald E. Popham, 59, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001, at Southeast Missouri Hospital.
He was born Oct. 5, 1942, in Columbus, Ga., son of Cyril E. and Jean Holloway Popham.
Ron graduated from the University of Kansas in 1964, and received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Kansas State University in 1968.
He and Margaret Ives were married April 4, 1964. They had two sons, Doug and David. He came to Cape Girardeau in 1968 to join the chemistry department at Southeast Missouri State University, where he eventually became chairman of the department.
Ron was active in the Cape Girardeau Rotary Club, and was on the board of Chateau Girardeau. He was active at First Presbyterian Church serving as elder, deacon and most recently as treasurer.
He is survived by his wife; two sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Jean of Tucson, Ariz., David and Rosalyn of Chicago; his parents of Fort Collins, Colo.; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Susan Popham of Fort Collins, Marcia and Danny Smart of Carbondale, Kan., Kathy and Ted Elliot of Lincoln, Neb.; and a brother, Rick Popham of Loveland, Colo.
Ron was preceded in death by a sister, Sandy Rice.
Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. today.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Paul Kabo Jr. will officiate.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Cape Girardeau or Ronald E. Popham Memorial Fund c/o Southeast Missouri State University Foundation.